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Galway is Ireland’s second-biggest county, with so much more to offer a visitor than just the eponymous city. Its more than 2,000sqmi consist of lofty mountains, Wild Atlantic Way coastline and the beautiful Connemara region – home to Ireland’s largest Irish-speaking community. Here is Culture Trip’s suggested itinerary for how best to see Galway in 48 hours.
After your dose of fresh sea air, you’ll be hungry – and thirsty too. Head to O’Connell’s Bar in Eyre Square for a perfectly poured pint of Guinness and a vibrant atmosphere.
Back on the mainland, eat dinner at Ard Bia at Nimmos – an ultra-hip eatery in the city’s Spanish Arch area with fantastic seasonal gourmet fare. The menu is fresh and “world-inspired”, drawing influence from the Mediterranean to New Zealand. Afterwards, head to the Róisín Dubh – a local favourite bar and club that is also one of Ireland’s best live-music venues.
You might want to grab a power nap back at the hotel before heading out into Galway city one last time. With live traditional Irish music played every night, Tig Cóilí pub on Mainguard Street is a great place to guarantee that your weekend ends on a high note.